VIENNA (QHA) -

The verdict against Ukrainian activist Igor Movenko, who was sentenced by the occupiers in Crimea, showed how far the Russian authoritarian regime is advanced in strengthening the police state, in which nobody guarantees basic freedoms and the right to their own opinion, if it differs from Moscow's opinion. Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Yevhen Filipenko made a corresponding statement at the 1185th meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on May 10, as cited by the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

“Last Friday, Ukrainian activist Igor Movenko was sentenced by the so-called Gagarin District Court of Sevastopol to two years' imprisonment for fake accusations of extremism ... This case highlights how far the Russian authoritarian regime has advanced in strengthening the police state in which nobody is guaranteed basic freedoms and the right to own opinion, which differs from that of Moscow,” reads the report.

The Ukrainian delegation also drew attention to blocking the Telegram messenger, which is a violation of democratic institutions.

"We urge Russia to immediately put an end to serious abuses of human rights and mandatory norms of international humanitarian law taking place in the occupied Crimea. We once again urge the Russian Federation to reverse the illegal occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol and to stop the aggression, including through withdrawing its armed formations from the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and fully complying with its obligations under the Minsk agreements,” the statement said.

QHA reported that the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned sentence against Igor Movenko in the occupied Crimea.

Previously, the Kremlin controlled Gagarin District Court of Sevastopol sentenced a Ukrainian to two years of imprisonment in general regime colony.

Movenko was accused of a crime under Art. 280 Part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public appeals for the implementation of extremist activity) for his comment in the group "Crimea - Ukraine" in the social network "VKontakte". According to the investigation, the comment by Movenko is hostile to Russia and the participants of the so-called "Russian Spring".

On September 9, 2016, a video with the beating of Sevastopol resident Igor Movenko was published on the network. It was shot at the scene by the wife of the victim. According to her, Movenko was beaten because of the symbols of the Ukrainian battalion "Azov", glued to his bike.

Igor Movenko was then diagnosed with open traumatic brain injury, brain concussion, fracture of the base of the skull, fracture of the jaw, closed fracture of the nose bones, eyeball contusion and other injuries.

QHA